A train operator was fired by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) after an empty Metrorail train he was operating crashed into another train at a station. Twenty passengers suffered minor injuries.
The incident occurred Nov. 3 when an empty six-car train that was being taken to the rail yard for preparation for the afternoon rush rolled backward and crashed into a six-car train that was servicing a station.
WMATA officials said an internal investigation determined that Lamont Lewis’ actions were the cause of the accident. In a statement, WMATA said “the operator’s gross violation of basic operations procedures during the incident” contributed to the collision.
Lewis had been working at WMATA since November 1998 but had only been a train operator for 10 months. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the matter.